Kenya’s preferred candidate for Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, Kamina Johnson-Smith, is expected in the country on Wednesday to discuss her vision for the Commonwealth and the critical importance of the African-Caribbean cohort in the family of nations .
The Jamaican minister announced her candidacy as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations in April.
Commonwealth member states will select their next Secretary-General when they meet in Rwanda at the Heads of Government Meeting of the Commonwealth (CHOGM) next month. The secretary-general will be elected by consensus.
Her trip to Africa began on Saturday and is expected to meet government officials from Lesotho, Botswana, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana, it said in a statement from London.
She has already traveled to Lesotho, South Africa, Botswana and Uganda.
Ms Johnson-Smith, who is also Secretary of State for Trade of Jamaica, is expected to meet with representatives of the Foreign Ministry in Kenya, a trip that forms part of their larger week-long tour of the continent’s eight Commonwealth nations.
“African nations play a central role in determining the future of our Commonwealth and ensuring that its shared values stretch well into the future,” said the Minister.
“I look forward to meeting members of our Commonwealth family in Africa and discussing the common aspirations we have for the development and d building a Commonwealth that fulfills these aspirations for its members and our people.
The Declaration further strengthened their desire to advance cooperation, build consensus and promote peace and prosperity within the Commonwealth promote.
“It believes in the Commonwealth Charter as a framework for promoting cooperation between member states, fostering friendship, fraternal dialogue and mutual respect.”
“Its transformative Vision for the Commonwealth includes a renewed commitment to food security, meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and advocacy for small states, gender and youth empowerment, good governance and technical cooperation,” the statement added.
In In her home country, the Minister is also Chair of the Cabinet’s Subcommittee on International Relations and a member of the Subcommittee on Economics growth and job creation and sits on the National Security Council.
She has also chaired the CARICOM Council of Foreign Ministers and the CARICOM Council on Trade and Economic Development and was the first Jamaican foreign minister to attend the G7 and G20 meetings.
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is an intergovernmental organization of 15 member states throughout the Caribbean that strives to promote economic integration and cooperation among its members.